What skills did you gain that you found to be advantageous from being part of the group?
I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Aiello and fellow research team members on multiple projects. The varied nature of the research team work (literature review, experiment design and implementation, data analysis, troubleshooting and brainstorming, etc.) instilled in me the discipline to always approach my work in a more rigorous, complete manner. I have benefited from this ability to have greater appreciation for context and theory - and apply data-analysis and problem solving techniques. What stands out the most (aside from SPSS!) was the opportunity to learn how to be both a valuable contributor to a team, and serve in some leadership capacity whether leading experiments, facilitating meetings or working with new lab members.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
After completing an M.A. in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University, I joined the Department of Defense (inIndianapolis) as an HR/human capital analyst. Deciding that Indiana was a bit too far, I moved back to the DC area and joined BearingPoint's Human Capital Solutions Group and consulted to federal government clients on a wide-range of issues from human capital strategy development to workforce analytics and staffing model design. I've since rejoined the Department of Defense and live in Maryland with my wife and 2 young children.
What are you doing now?
I currently work for an agency within the Department of Defense. Primary responsibility involves analyzing, designing and implementing human capital solutions (e.g., performance management, workforce/leadership development, engagement and retention, etc.)
Do you have any tips for current lab members?
Take advantage of the process. When possible, engage with as many aspects of the research process as you can.